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Don’t spoil the good – Rubicon Theatre Company presents “Bad Apples,” the third world premiere production of the company’s 2006-07 season and one that features a cast of three “lovable lawbreakers” (and their nosy neighbor). Written by Mark Stein –author of Drama-Logue award-winner “At Long Last Leo,” and screenplay for the Steve Martin/Goldie Hawn film “Housesitter” – “Apples” is a comedy about One-time high school sweethearts Peg and Brook and their friend Eddie who are digging a hole in the couple’s living room. Stein said his inspiration into investigating our individual moral compass was to see what happens when the audience is seduced into rooting for the bad guys. RTC newcomers Patrick Hallahan and Clarinda Ross join company veterans Precious Chong and Eric Lange in the cast while multiple Los Angeles Ovation Award-winner Nick DeGruccio directs. WHEN: Wednesdays at 2 & 7 pm, Thursdays and Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 2 & 8 pm, and Sundays at 2 pm through Sept. 9 WHERE: Laurel Theater, 1106 E. Main St., Ventura COST: $26–$49, discounts available

Delightfully disgusting – The Museum of Natural History’s current exhibit is enough to make you sick. Or at least find out what happens when you get sick. Based on the best-selling book “Grossology,” The Impolite Science of the Human Body uses sophisticated animatronics and imaginative exhibits to tell you the good, the bad and the downright ugly about runny noses, body odor and much more. Exhibits and activities include: a giant mouth with lips and a tongue; Nigel Nose-it-All, who gives a graphic demonstration of the causes of runny noses, sneezes and allergies; an oversized version of the board game “Operation”; the vomit game; what happens during digestion; and much more. WHEN: Through Sept. 9 WHERE: 2559 Puesta del Sol Road COST: Admission $6 ($3 discount for museum members) / Star Party $2 (free for members) INFO: 682-4711

Pump Boys’ at the Bar – Circle Bar B Dinner Theatre continues its 2007 season with the fun-loving upbeat country musical “Pump Boys and Dinettes.” A hit both on and off Broadway, the musical fashions an evening of country-western songs out of the loose stories of gas station pump boys and the waitresses of the Double Cupp diner on the fictional Hwy. 57 somewhere in the South. WHEN: Friday & Saturday evenings at 6 pm, Sunday matinees at 2 pm through Sept. 9 WHERE: Refugio Rd. COST: $40, seniors $32 on Sundays INFO: 967-1962 or www.circlebarbtheatre.com


Area musical premiere – The Tony Award-winning musical “Urinetown” gets its local debut as PCPA Theaterfest presents the show about a revolution over public toilets during a 20-year drought. The musical comedy parodies theater classics of the last century as it weaves a morality tale. (See “On Stage” for a feature on “Urinetown.”) WHEN: Opens tonight, plays in repertory with “The Real Thing” at 8 pm Wed.-Sun. through Sept. 23 WHERE: 420 Second St., Solvang COST: $19.50-$30; discounts available for students, seniors, children and subscribers INFO: 922–8313

Courthouse Jazz – Elements restaurant and the event-planning organization Premiere Events have combined to present a new series of free concerts just as Concerts in the Park winds up its season. Each Thursday through October 4, local and regional jazz, blues or R’n’B acts will perform in the County Courthouse Sunken Gardens, with a different non-profit organization having both the opportunity to offer information at a booth and receive the proceeds from sponsorships and food sales. While blankets and chairs are encouraged for the lawn, Elements will also host a VIP terrace – complete with cocktail service and sumptuous hors d’oeuvres buffet – at the raised grassy area directly across from the stage. The eatery will also sell gourmet picnic baskets for the free admission areas. WHEN: 5-8 pm WHERE: 100 E. Anapamu St. COST: free ($50 VIP seating) INFO: www.courthousejazz.com

Get ‘Real’ – PCPA takes on Noel Coward-style elegant British comedy via Tom Stoppard’s “The Real Thing.” The play examines the nature of trust and the twists and tortured turns when a respected playwright and a beautiful actress dissolve their current marriages to consummate their affair, only to find that wedded bliss is replaced by suspicions, accusations and recriminations anew as history perhaps repeats itself. “The Real Thing” twice won Tony Awards, as best play in 1984, and best revival in 2000. Indie Award-winner Patricia Troxel directs, while PCPA regular Andrew Philpot and newcomer Beverly Sotelo play the leads. WHEN: Plays at 8 pm Wednesdays-Sundays in repertory with “Urinetown, the Musical” through Sept. 14 (call or visit www.pcpa.org for dates) WHERE: 420 Second St., Solvang COST: $19.50-$27.50 general; students/children: $15.00-$18.75 INFO: 922–8313

Thursday, September 6

1st Thursday – While summertime cultural activities such as Concerts in the Park have folded up their tents for the season, the monthly informal art walk sponsored by the Downtown Organization is a year-round endeavor. So while the weather holds, why not take in the eclectic range of painting and photography exhibits plus music and special events that helped the monthly event grow in popularity. September’s specials include a giant sandbox at the corner of State & Anapamu (by the Museum of Art) featuring tons of the grainy stuff hauled in to preview the Sandcastle Festival slated for East Beach on Sept. 15. Then step inside to visit the ongoing Made in Santa Barbara exhibit where featured artists will be on hand in the galleries to sign autographs and discuss their work. Meanwhile, at Casa de la Guerra, Beleza Pura, this month’s Independent pick of top emerging local artists, offers Brazilian style hip-hip, reggae and funk. There are more than 30 stops in all in the 1st Thursday itinerary. WHEN: 5-8 pm COST: free INFO: www.santabarbaradowntown.com/go

Sustainable living – Sarah Susanka, architect and author of the "Not So Big House" books series and the mainstay of a movement that is redefining the American home, discusses how the “Not So Big” concept can be adapted to inhabiting our lives, not just our habitats. Community Environment Council executive director Dave Davies joins Susanka for a Q&A session following the lecture, which also kicks off a new series at SBCC’s Continuing Education division: “Join the Green Revolution.” WHEN: 7 pm WHERE: Marjorie Luke Theatre at SB Jr. Hi, 721 E. Cota St. COST: free INFO: 966-3355 or www.SustainabilityProject.org

Oil’s well – Ojai-based artist Bonnie Beedles, a SB-native who still works here, shows new oil paintings executed in an urban realist style in a new show at the Faulkner Gallery this month. SB and Ventura Counties are amply represented among the 15 urban landscapes that comprise the bulk of the show. WHEN: Artist reception 5-8 pm tonight; show continues through Sept. 30 WHERE: SB Public Library, 40 E. Anapamu St. COST: free INFO: 705-3148

Celebrity Weenie Roast – Celebrity cooks Sheriff Bill Brown, former SB mayor Harriet Miller, county supervisor Janet Wolf and Goleta councilman Rusty Fairly cook up hotdogs and other grilled treats at a benefit for Transition House co-sponsored by the new restaurant Lettuce B Frank and the SB Chamber of Commerce. WHEN: 11:30 am-1:30 pm WHERE: 924 Anacapa Street COST: $10 INFO: 965-3023

New art show – The Book Den hosts selected works by artist Gary Chafe, who has lived and worked in Santa Barbara for more than half a century, including two landscape paintings and several monotypes. WHEN: Artist reception 5-7:20 tonight; exhibit through Sept. 30 WHERE: 15 W. Anapamu COST: free INFO: 962-3321

Down on the farm – “Ordinary to Extraordinary” is the title of a new photographic show featuring images of the FSA programs from the 1930s captured by Dorothea Lang, Marion Post Wolcott, Walker Evans and others. Tonight’s opening reception (5-8 pm) features local musicians Luis Moreno and Mike Mullins performing songs from the Dust Bowl era from 6-7 pm. WHEN: 8 am-6 pm Monday-Friday through Oct. 26 WHERE: Channing Peake Gallery,105 E. Anapamu St. (1st floor of the County Administration Building) COST: free INFO: www.sbartscommission.org

Friday, September 7

EDC’s TGIF – It’s the final “Thank Goodness It’s Friday” happy-hour gathering of like-minded environmentally-active folks at the Environmental Defense Center’s charming downtown courtyard. Join supervisors Salud Carbajal and Janet Wolf and other governmental and community activists for cocktails, conversation and hors d’oeuvres with live music from Earl and a raffle featuring items from Blenders in the Grass, Santa Barbara Axxess, clay artist Scott Chatenever and more. WHEN: 5:30-7:30 pm WHERE: EDC Courtyard, 906 Garden St. COST: $10 INFO: 963-1622 or www.edcnet.org/SupportPages/events

Saturday, September 8

Song Tree – The monthly singer-songwriter series at Live Oak Unitarian Universalist Church sticks close to home for tonight’s installment, tapping Kate Wallace, David West and Tom Lee to perform. Wallace, who also runs the Trinity Backstage concert series, has a warm voice that has drawn praise from the likes of Maya Angelou; West is the former Cache Valley Drifter known for his consummate skill as a producer (including Wallace’s recent record) and sideman; and Lee is a bassist who also happens to be the founder and producer of Song Tree itself. WHEN: 7:30 pm WHERE: 820 N. Fairview, Goleta COST: $15 INFO: 403-2639 or www.songtree.org

Sandcastle Festival preview – Remember those magnificent creations along the shore at East Beach last fall – a huge grinning King Kong among them? Want to be able to manufacture a similar ephemeral masterpiece rather than just a rudimentary structure? Come to today’s Sandcastle workshop for all the tips, tricks, techniques and castle construction corner-cutters and you’ll be ready to roll when the fun begins next weekend. WHEN: 11 am-1 pm WHERE: East Beach by the Cabrillo Arts Pavilion COST: free INFO: 966-3979

Architectural watercolors – Local architects Bill Mahan, Ed Lenvik and Fred Sweeney, and structural engineer Peter W. Ehlen form the Victoria Street Watercolor Group, which stages its annual exhibition of paintings focusing on local architecture and landscapes. The exhibit opens today, but you can’t buy any of the work until tonight’s artist reception, slated for 5-7 pm. WHEN: Gallery hours 9 am-2 pm Monday-Friday, through Sept. 28 WHERE: Architectural Foundation Gallery, 229 East Victoria Street COST: free INFO: 965-6307

Mighty reggae – Mighty Diamonds, who masterfully blended their devout Rastafarian beliefs with irresistibly romantic grooves, were among the most popular groups to come out of the 1970’s roots-reggae era. Catchy melodies and soulful harmonies, always the band’s characteristics since 1969, survive to this day in the current outfit. WHEN: 9 pm WHERE: 1221 State St., upstairs in Victoria Court COST: $20 INFO: 962-7776

Annual exhibit – The Contemporary Art Forum’s “True Metier” compiles works from Santa Barbara’s emerging artist for a two-month show at the museum’s Paseo Nuevo facility. Christine Gray, Bob Mask, Ethan Turpin and Team Hyperbole (Steven Soria and Keil Johnson) were selected from more than 100 Central Coast artists who submitted work via an open call to participate in the annual showcase. Tonight’s artists’ reception from 6-8 pm also features music by SB’s own Moog synthesizer duo Volt Per Octaves. WHEN: Today through Nov. 4 WHERE: 653 Paseo Nuevo (upstairs in the mall) COST: free INFO: 569-2391 or 966-5373

Sunday, September 9

Taste of the Town – Santa Barbara’s original tasting event has a brand-new wrinkle. After 25 years John Downey has retired as president of the benefit, so the Arthritis Foundation, which receives the proceeds from the epicurean gala, has decided to bring in guest chefs from out of town each year, beginning with a master chef from the Cajun corner of New Orleans. More than 80 area restaurants and wineries are all part of the fun, offering savory samples from their menus and special courses, all served at the view-blessed Riviera Park. The event almost always sells out, so reserve your ticket today! WHEN: 12 noon-3 pm WHERE: 2030 Alameda Padre Serra COST: $100 advance, $125 at the door, if available INFO: 563-4685

Monday, September 10

Adult Ed begins – Although its official title is Santa Barbara City College’s Continuing Education Division, everybody who’s anybody just calls it Adult Ed. By whatever name, the program is one of the best amenities of living in Santa Barbara, what with more than 800 course offerings in subjects as esoteric as “Exploring the Riches of Transpersonal Psychology” or “The Power of Yes” and as hands-on nuts-and-bolts as “Oil Painting” or “Intro to Windows Vista,” many absolutely free or just a nominal $3 per hour. Pick up a catalogue or view the complete schedule online at ce.sbcc.edu.

Tuesday, September 11

From Shore to Sea lecture – Marta Daily, president of the Santa Cruz Island Foundation, discusses the Stanton family’s tenure on the island, the largest of the eight Channel Islands. The Stantons owned 90 percent of Santa Cruz, including a 55,000-acre working cattle ranch, from 1937 to 1987. Daily has an equally impressive history on the island that dates back to 1973, when she was an undergraduate student in cultural anthropology at UCSB who soon served as an assistant to Dr. Carey Stanton. WHEN: 5-7 pm WHERE: SB Maritime Museum, 113 Harbor Way COST: free INFO: 962-8404

Wednesday, September 12

Miles to go – Sixty-year-old drummer Buddy Miles was the percussionist in guitarist Jimi Hendrix’ legendary Band of Gypsys. But his career had several notable moments both before and after those heady days of the late ‘60s. Miles toured with Wilson Pickett and Paul Bloomfield’s Electric Flag before he hooked up with Hendrix, and brought along the latter group’s horn section for his own Buddy Miles Express. Later he played on John McLaughlin’s album “Devotion,” toured with Santana – scoring the huge solo hit “Them Changes” in between. After laying low for more than a decade, the drummer resurfaces as the lead vocalist in TV ad campaign for California Raisins (the claymation “I Heard it Through the Grapevine.”) These days, the eclectic musician plays songs from the past and his current explorations, including a return gig tonight at SOhO. WHEN: 8 pm WHERE: 1221 State St., upstairs in Victoria Court COST: $20 INFO: 962-7776